Natures Gentle Touch Founder bags Honorary Doctorate Degree
Nigerian businessman, Chika Ikenga, was conferred with the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) by the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State.
Ikenga, who is the Group Managing Director of Recare Cosmetics, manufacturers of Natures Gentle Touch haircare range, was presented with the award at the 10th convocation ceremony of the institution is in recognition for his enormous achievements as a renowned industrialist, who has ensured the growth of his indigenous company, as well as elevating the quality of life of Nigerians.
In his address at the event, Vice-Chancellor of the citadel of learning, Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, said the conferment was in recognition of contributions to humanity and economic development.
“It’s an honour we expect should stimulate the recipients to partner more closely with our University and cause their success stories to rub on the development of Agriculture, Science and Technology in our University.” The VC said.
An excited Ikenga in his acceptance speech pledged to continue his support for education by donating significantly towards boosting the school infrastructure, establishing an endowment fund and partnering the chemistry department for joint researches.
In 1997, Ikenga introduced Natures Gentle Touch, a personal style brand that uses a scientific approach and natural ingredients to provide hair, scalp, hygiene and beauty care solutions.
Over the years, the company has introduced into the market products to assist Nigerian women to achieve their beauty goals, have hair that is 100 per cent healthy, beautiful and natural.
The company also support women who choose to wear their natural hair, to meet other fellow ‘naturalists, to commune and support one another on this journey of natural hair.
In addition to providing solutions to women’s hair challenges, Natures Gentle Touch Hair Institute also serves as a training centre for potential and experienced hairstylists.
Ikenga was honoured alongside Dr Cosmas Maduka, President/CEO, Coscharis Group, HRH King Akeem Olusayo Ogungbangbe, The Owaloko of Iloko-Ijesha community, Osun; and Alhaji Usman Yahaya Kansila, Founder, UYK Nigeria.